Limassol hospital’s long-standing request for an MRI machine has finally come to fruition, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela on Tuesday at an event inaugurating the new equipment.

Costing €2.4 million, the new MRI machine will be a great support tool for many uses across medical specialties and the hospital’s A&E department, the minister said.

This will finally end the struggle of patients who were either referred to Nicosia general or to the private sector for MRI scans, and most importantly, children will be able to safely get scans under anaesthesia in the hospital where they are being treated without needing to be moved elsewhere, he added.

“Medicine is constantly developing, and needs the support of modern medical technology equipment,” Hadjipantela said, adding that this is why the government has allocated significant funds from the Resilience and Recovery plan budget to the modernisation of medical equipment.

The health minister also mentioned two other acquisitions, a SPECT-CT scanner worth €807,000 and a digital angiography machine worth €1.4 million, saying that the former is one of three existing in the whole of Cyprus, while the latter will help develop interventional cardiology.

He also said that the call for tenders is underway for a new state-of-the-art 256-section CT scanner, which will be faster and clearer than the existing one and will be able to perform coronary angiography while exposing patients to lower doses of radiation.

“This shows that Okypy invests in modern technology for the benefit of hospitals, and for the patients,” Hadjipantela finally said, pledging his ministry’s support for making public hospitals “the backbone of our country’s healthcare system”.